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Settle in for some cozy reading this season and give readers on your list something extra to smile about. Enjoy today’s Read features!

Make It

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“X marks the spot” with this Corner Bookmark Tutorial from kootoyoo.
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Your youngest readers will enjoy this Rag Quilt Letters Tutorial from Jessica at Happy Together. Jessica loves to create tutorials and projects that are thrifty & quick, especially when her two year old daughter can enjoy the results. You can see examples of other people’s letters & numbers from this project in this photo pool, and you can find more of Jessica’s work in her Happy Together shop.
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Liesl shows you how to create this unique (& pretty) project in her Hexagon Eyeglass Case Tutorial at Liesl Made.
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Young readers will also love this Texture Words Book Project at BloesemKids Craft Projects. The tutorial was designed by Kristen from new house project so be sure to visit both sites & enjoy!
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Alli from One Pearl Button designed this Book-Style Kindle Cover Tutorial to incorporate elements of the “old-fashioned” book with new reading technology.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Reading & Writing, Bookworms & our Hanging Bed Organizer

Buy It

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Letterpress Book Re Marks from The Sherwood Press are “slender 3.5 x 7 bookmarks that open up to an eight-page notebook, enabling you to keep notes about the book you’re reading.” There are several nice Book Re Mark designs. Everything we’ve ever purchased from The Sherwood Press has been beautiful and made with thought & care. While you’re shopping be sure to check out their selection of cards and notebooks too.

Mix It

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You won’t want to miss this Chai Tea Syrup Recipe from Lucy at ArtJournal. We love the recipe (you will too) and who doesn’t like to sip a little chai tea while reading a favorite book?!

Print It

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Meytal from Honeyboo designed these Free Santa Notecards just for you. After you visit her blog and download your notecards be sure to browse in the Honeyboo shop. Meytal has a wide variety of 2010 calendars, art prints & printables for you to purchase!

Win It

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Comment in today’s post for a chance to win this book. The winner will be announced on Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Junko Okawa, UONCA

(Shambhala/Trumpeter, $19.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-717-5)

From the Publisher:

Ruffles, buttons, and lace are the perfect ingredients for little girls’ clothes; add some unfinished hems and plenty of room to run and play, and you have garments full of fanciful charm and practical playfulness. The twenty patterns in this book—from simple dresses with ruffled sleeves to blouses with crocheted lace and pants with sewn-on legwarmers—are of simple construction, yet full of the personality and details that little girls love.With beautiful photographs, clear step-by-step instruction, and detailed diagrams, this book offers a treasure trove of whimsical outfits for girls ages four to seven. Full-size patterns are included in four sizes so that you can make the perfect fit.

Make the projects in this book and add a little bit of carefree style to your child’s life.

From the Make Good Crafts + Life Series

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
4 ~ Go Green
3 ~ Sleep
2 ~ Adorn
1 ~ Wear


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